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Audio Assignment: Over-Dramatic “Name of the Wind”

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Over-Dramatic Reading: Choose any written material (a song, poem, short book, excerpt from a novel, scene from a television show, news article, etc.) and record a dramatic reading. Read your selection in a way that alters the message of the original material (at an odd pace, overly excited, sad, etc. — be creative, make it your own).

I chose to record a short excerpt from “The Name of the Wind” by Patrick Rothfuss.

Because the way I chose to read it for the assignment is so ignorant of the text, I recorded two versions. The first one is how I think the excerpt should truly be read–with seriousness, and an expression of how dangerous and interesting the main character is. I used as deep a voice as I could.

Kvothe Monologue Proper by leelzebub

The second audio clip was recorded in a high voice, and heavily nasal. I also employed a Queens accent (though I went pretty harsh on the ‘a’s) and treated the content light-heartedly.

Kvothe Monologue with Accent by leelzebub

I had a great deal of fun recording these, because the text is amazing and I love accents. I did not have as much fun doing the grunt work of editing and splicing, but so it goes.

Hope you enjoy.

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